Sunday night’s finale of Victoria cost a rumoured £1million pounds to make.
According to the Sunday Mirror, the episode notched up the hefty bill to ensure that the programme’s lavish sets were as authentic as possible.
The finale sees the Queen’s husband Prince Albert open his 1851 Great Exhibition, with a team of 30 artists and set designers working on creating the sets for the episode.
Expensive: Sunday night’s finale of Victoria cost a rumoured £1million pounds to make
Prince Albert’s Great Exhibition, also known as the Crystal Palace exhibition took place in Hyde Park from May to October and was a much anticipated event.
The show’s art director Stephen Daly described the finale as the most expensive episode of the series ever produced.
He said: ‘This is the most expensive Victoria episode we have done…
‘We spend weeks in a blank location and it’s my job to convince everyone it will work – but when you see the actors come on in costume and everything is set up and the cameras are rolling, it’s perfect.’
Life like: According to the Sunday Mirror, the episode notched up the hefty bill to ensure that the programme’s lavish sets were as authentic as possible
He added he knew the crew had gotten the lavish set right when he saw the smiles on real life couple Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes, who play Victoria and Prince Albert.
The crew spent months sourcing and creating 2,000 props for the episode, some of which have been kept by the cast and crew now that filming has ended.
Sunday night’s episode will see the Queen join her husband at the opening of the exhibition that was attended by six million people, a third of Britain’s population at the time.
Authentic: The finale sees Prince Albert open his 1851 Great Exhibition, with a team of 30 artists and set designers working on creating the sets for the episode
Serving as a showcase for British inventors and manufacturers, the exhibition made a profit of £186,000 which was used to found the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.
Jenna recalled filming the episode, noting how Victoria herself loved being adored by her public.
She told the publication: ‘She wrote about the joy on people’s faces and the tears in their eyes. Being loved is incredibly important to her.’
No expense spared: The show’s art director Stephen Daly described the finale as the most expensive episode of the series ever produced
As the show heads further into Victoria’s 63-year reign, Jenna admitted she will have to pass the ‘regal baton on’, comparing it to when Olivia Colman replaced Claire Foy in period drama The Crown.
Speaking to Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2, she said: ‘I think there will be a point where we have to recast Victoria because, you know, I have seven children now, number eight is on its way.
‘When else do I get to take a character to her mid 40s? But practically speaking there’s definitely going to be a cut-off point.
‘Yes there are great prosthetics but I’m lowering my voice so much at the moment, there’s going to be a point where it’s no longer feasible so I’m going to have to pass on the regal baton on.’
The final episode of series three of Victoria airs on Sunday night on ITV at 9pm.
Future: Jenna Coleman has previously revealed she will likely step down from her role as Victoria and will be recast as the character ages